Residents of the Neoga Community Unit School District 3 are encouraged to attend three upcoming meetings held by the district’s Board of Education. Each meeting pertains to the long-term direction and health of the community’s educational system.
The first of the three meetings will be on Thursday, October 29, at 5:30pm. Representatives from three neighboring school districts (Stewardson-Strasburg, Cumberland, and Windsor) have been invited to attend an informational meeting in the former Neoga Middle School (now the Neoga Elementary School) on East Seventh Street. These three districts were identified by recently surveyed Neoga residents as the most desirable consolidation partners if Neoga were to pursue that option.
The following week, on Wednesday, November 4, at 6:00pm, a public special meeting is set to take place also at the Neoga Elementary School. At this meeting, the school board’s finance committee will present information on the costs of reinstating extracurricular activities, elective course offerings, and a regular-length school day for the 2016-17 school year and beyond.
It is important to note this meeting will NOT include a vote by the school board as to whether or not it will put a referendum back on the ballot for April 2016 elections. The board simply wishes to provide interested community members its most up-to-date information about the district’s current and future financial scenarios and to allow them time to consider that information ahead of its next meeting.
A possible referendum becomes an agenda item for the Board of Education when it reconvenes Thursday, November 12, at 6:00pm, again in the Neoga Elementary School. At this time, community members will have the opportunity to express concerns or support for the information they were presented at the previous week’s meeting.